Joe Scally (left): “My main target is still the World Cup. It would be amazing to represent the USA in that competition.” (Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports)

By Michael Lewis
FrontRowSoccer.com Editor

You always remember your first and of course, Joe Scally certainly will remember his first goal in the Bundesliga.

Scally scored his first professional goal five minutes into stoppage time to seal Borussia Moenchengladbach’s 3-1 away win at Wolfsburg Saturday.

“It’s a feeling I’ll never forget,” he was quoted on the team website.

The Lake Grove, N.Y. native headed a long ball by goalkeeper Yann Sommer toward the center line. He chased the ball down, ran toward the penalty area and find the right position to shoot what proved to be the insurance goal.

“I always tell Yann that he should play it high to me when I’m free,” Scally said. “When I got the ball, I saw that I had a clear path to goal, so I got a bit nervous and just sprinted off. When the ball hit the back of the net what I really wanted was to do it again. It was unbelievable.”

Not only did Gladbach register its first win of the season, it won for the first time in Wolfsburg in almost 18 years.

“I didn’t know how long it had been since Borussia last won in Wolfsburg,” Scally said. “I did, however, read before the game that our record against them over the last few years wasn’t that good, but I didn’t really think about it. Of course the win feels fantastic!”

The former Sachem North High School student has liked what he has seen with Borussia.

“We have built up some momentum, and the wins against Dortmund and Wolfsburg have given us confidence,” he said. “Though it’s time for another international break, we will be ready when the league resumes. We’re looking forward to it and want to pick up from where we have left off.”

Scally, who was transferred from New York City FC to Gladbach, has aspirations of playing for the U.S. men’s national team. He wasn’t included in head coach Gregg Berhalter’s team for the three October World Cup qualifiers.

Fifteen minutes before he spoke to the media about his USMNT selections, Berhalter said he talked to Scally.

“But also letting him know he was really close,” he said. “He’s a guy that I’m that we’re excited about. He has been playing in the Bundesliga as a wingback, sometimes a fullback and doing a decent job. But most impressive is that his age and that he’s able to compete at that level.

“So, I think right he’s going to be a key contributor to what we do in the future. What we’re talking about now is some guys that have been through before. And if you look at our fullbacks, those are guys on the roster know what Concacaf is about. We thought that was important for this window. But we look forward to get Joe integrated.”

Not surprisingly, Scally is motivated for a call-up.

“Every kid dreams of playing for his country,” he said. “I wasn’t selected this time but maybe next time I will be. My main target is still the World Cup. It would be amazing to represent the USA in that competition.”